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8 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer From Cell Phones

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8 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer From Cell Phones

When I heard from the Associated Press that the World Health Organization just released this statement announcing that cell phones may indeed be carcinogenic, I felt my breath catch in my throat as I put my cell phone down.

As I wrote in this post, cancer has been plaguing way too many friends and family members lately. The rise in the cancer rate seems out of proportion, and so many people I know have been asking, “Why is this happening?” I shake my head – pesticides, maybe? Chemicals in our water? Plastic? Hormones in our milk? Radiation from the air and medical tests?

Nobody knows for sure, but my mother swears that she never had three friends simultaneously battling late stage cancer in their forties when she was my age.

So what’s the deal with cell phones?
Well, rumors have been spreading that things like microwaves and cell phones may cause cancer for years now. But proof has been slow to trickle in. Last year, a big study failed to establish a link between cell phones and cancer, but it hinted towards a possible connection between very heavy cell phone use and glioma, a rare but often deadly form of brain tumor. The study wasn’t big enough to confirm such a link, however.

In about 30 other studies, patients with brain tumors did not report using their cell phones more than those without brain tumors.

Last May, the National Cancer Institute released this statement, which concluded that “Research studies have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancer.” But today, the WHO concluded, after reviewing dozens of published studies and meeting in Lyon, France for a week of discussion with experts, that cell phones may be carcinogenic.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:48PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011


6:43PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

According to a recent newsletter from my family physician: "Additional health issues besides cancer to consider includes diabetes, obesity, cognitive and behavioral issues, palpitations/cardiac arrhythmias, pacemaker dysfunction, sleep issues, gastrointestinal disturbances, hormonal disruption, DNA damage, sperm defects with infertility, osteopenia and numerous other chronic inflammatory diseases including increased incidence of Alzheimer's and autism."
Dr. Dan Harper (an MD and a homeopath) told a group of us on a call about a patient of his that was promoted and moved to the top floor where there was a lot of wireless technology. Weeks later he was found in the fetal position unable to move, feed himself, or go to the bathroom on his own. He was diagnosed as Catatonic Schizophrenic. He was committed to an institution but when his mother decided she wanted him in the home, she brought him to see Dr. Dan. Dr. Dan diagnosed him as electrosensitive and gave him some iH2O and had him get some emf protection. Within a few weeks, he was driving again and balancing his checkbook.
Here is a link to my friend Stacey's website where you can get chips for your cell phone and other devices:
The ones called "cell chips" are not good enough for a cell phone, you will actually need a "universal guard" for a cell phone. The ones that they used to make when they were called "BioPro" were good enough, but the company has left BioPro and is making different

6:26PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I always knew that cell phones were bad...What about texting?? :)

2:10PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Oh dear... Just one more thing to worry about.

1:43AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

I, amongst others, only have a cell phone, and practically live on it. But maybe we need to start talking more in person with one another.

12:10PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thanks. Mobile phones are one of the great inventions of modern age... Let's be safe and follow the guidelines.

8:17AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I rarely talk on the phone. But I do use the internet, apps, and texting, though still not nearly as much as most people do. These are some pretty good tips. Unfortunately, the one about children won't be heeded. I've seen kids still in elementary school that have phones. Heck, some in middle school have smartphones! I couldn't imagine paying that much money for my child's phone.

3:05AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

More to read - from The Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine:
"The first to raise the issue were researchers Dr. Olle Johansson and colleague Örjan Hallberg at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. They found a strong association between the increase in certain cancers during the 20th Century and exposure to electromagnetic fields as measured by radio and TV broadcasts. They reported that there is a common environmental stress that accelerates several forms of cancer – colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and melanoma. They site the introduction of AM radio (1920s), radar (1940s), FM radio and TV (1950s), computers (1970s), mobile phones (1980s), and wireless technologies and compact fluorescent lighting (2000s), and conclude that artificially created EMR is the most likely environmental stress to account for the rise in cancers.[16,17,18]"

12:15AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

It is not the public's fault that they love their toys as indeed they are a great invention. What we are not being told is that at the same time they affect our health, more so than any other habits now banned like smoking because there is no longer a place to hide from pulsed magnetic field affecting human, animal, insect and plant life ( see We must understand that all wireless communication: cordless Dect phones, wifi, baby monitors, play stations, smart meters and mobile phones are radiating pulsed microwaves at a frequency which is alien and destructive to our own biological rhythms. Once you understand this, look what has happened behind the scenes of the WHO decision and which party objected to a declared health risk:
The decision to designate cell phone radiation a
"possible human carcinogen" was close to unanimous
--there were only two holdouts. One was from the
the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

Read all the details at:

This leads me to another question. WHY do governments and the cancer research industry not jump for joy that another form of wirless technology with possibly far less health effects is possible: VLC. ?? Inform yourselves and ask questions! We could be having a much faster, greener and less bio-active communication tool powered by LIGHT.

7:13PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Why are people so addicted to their cellphones anyway?I rarely use mine.It's just not necessary.Whatever did people do before cellphones,in the old days?(I'm not an old lady,I'm 31.)I find my cell to be more a pain than a help.

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